03 July 2008 – by Mark Doyle
Bernard Dunne has set his sights on reclaiming his European super-bantamweight title.
The Dubliner lost the belt after being knocked out in the first round of his clash with the heavy-handed Kiko Martinez at The Point last August.
Dunne enjoyed a winning return to the ring in May, outpointing former world champion Felix Machado, and will next week take on Argentina’s Damian Marchiano at the National Stadium as he looks to take another step towards reclaiming with he feels is rightfully his.
Indeed, even though arranging a fight with current European titleholder Rendall Munroe, who beat Martinez earlier this year, is proving difficult, Dunne is remaining upbeat.
I want my old title back, he declared.
I hear Munroe’s not all that keen on giving me an opportunity so we might have to just try and force his hand by waiting for the EBU to make me his mandatory challenger.
Martinez is currently in line for a shot at Munroe and the Spaniard, who is fighting in Dublin on Saturday night, revealed this week that he would be grant Dunne a rematch if he avenges his defeat to Munroe.
For Dunne, though, there is also the option of moving up in weight. However, he is not overly keen on leaving the super-bantamweight ranks.
I suppose there will always be options at featherweight but super-bantamweight is where I’m most comfortable,” he mused. “This fight [against Marchiano] is a non-title fight so it’s been made at a catch-weight of 124 lbs but super-bantam is where I see my future.
At the moment I’m just buzzing to be back fighting regularly again and I’m really looking forward to getting back to the National Stadium and putting in a good performance.”
Dunne continued: I’ve watched a DVD of him and he’s a very aggressive fighter. He likes to press the action and is constantly on the front foot. He likes to drag the other guy into his kind of fight.”